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Event Reflection: Rally for Real Life

July 6, 2009

The Rally for Real Life was the first pro-choice protest I’ve been too and wow, was it an experience.  It was exciting, frustrating, saddening and heartening all at the same time, and it only lasted for about an hour.  My fellow protesters and I were struck by a lot of the same things and kept trying to  process the impressions afterwards.  Here are some of their thoughts…

It was so exciting because we were literally and physically taking a stand for what we believe in … There was a great sense of solidarity with other groups. ~Lucy

I definitely felt this too.  It was such an adrenaline rush to be proud about our beliefs and not be silent onlookers.   And we all loved the sense of community between the LashBack, RAG, ChoiceIreland and Socialist Workers Party members; not to mention the friendly and interested onlookers!  Others noted the clear amount of money and support the pro-lifers had access to, stating that,

The amount of money there was tangible, the funding they must have had. The sound systems, the slick placards, the giant banners were such a contrast to our homemade signs … it felt like it was our bodies against the machine. ~Emma

I certainly got a sense of that embodiment as well.  Hard not to when the subject of said signs, the chants, and arguments were essentially about bodies and their autonomy.  Overall, I felt a rather strange twilight zone sense, as if reality had become a bit tenuous.  Of course, that was probably due to the woman who called us satanists while she blessed us with holy water, the monks in full gear, and the many crucifixes held towards us as if in defense.   As my fellow foreigner Lucy said,

It was a bit of a novelty seeing things [like the above] coming from England.  I’d never seen that kind of expression before.

Ultimately, we all agreed that it was a very positive thing we particpated in; that it actually wasn’t for the pro-lifers that we did it, but for all the quiet watchers on the side.  They’re the majority that needs to be reached, and I’m thinking we got through to at least a few of them on Saturday.

Rally for Real Life protesters

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2009 11:59 am

    oh my god – they called you satanists and threw holy water on you.
    I don’t know that my temper/ sensitivity could have coped in that situation.
    Hopefully I would have just laughed.
    What did you do?

    Much Respect to you for being there – and to all who managed to brave it against these brainwashed weirdo’s.

    I once marched in dyke march in new york and walked past a man who decided to stand watching our parade holding his thumbs down – it completely disturbed me.
    And that was mild.

  2. ktreu permalink*
    July 7, 2009 12:29 pm

    yeah definitely laughed at the more extreme religious reactions. The toughest ones for me were the grannies that just shook their heads and said things like “you don’t know what you’re doing, god bless you” and smiled all sanctimoniously. I just gave them an equally sanctimonious smile and said “My vagina, my uterus!” That raised a few of their eyebrows!!

    • July 7, 2009 1:14 pm

      yeah I suppose weirdly it’s easier to cope with the extremes and more difficult to handle the people who are more realistically likely to be in your life.

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